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How Big is Your Footprint?

Our HR Manager, Kathryn Mills writes about the importance MRSB places on Corporate Social Responsibility.

 

Each of us owns a piece of THE footprint in one way or another. Have I enticed your interest to keep reading?

Personally, professionally and corporately; as an individual, group or business entity, we all have a responsibility to contribute toward Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) - practices that involve participation in initiatives that benefit society through environmental strategies and social responsibilities, such as volunteering, fundraising and donations. 

MRSB works hard to encourage and develop ways to be even greater environmental stewards and increase our level and mindfulness of corporate social responsibility. We also recognize and understand how the development and sustainability of these responsibilities are important to our future generations and that we must lead by example.     

Despite our MRSB corporate colour being blue, we are proud of our commitment to be green. Some of our initiatives include:

  • Purchase of recycled products
  • Services through fellow environmental stewards
  • Paper reduced office environment through technologies   
  • Use of green cleaning products
  • Recycling of cans/bottles and using the deposit toward fundraising
  • Energy efficiencies
  • Reducing water consumption

Socially, we give back to our community through volunteering our time to sports teams as coach or participant, at events from bartending to ticket sales, and as board/committee members for the PEI Autism Society, QEH Foundation, various church groups, Holland College Foundation, PEI Marathon, GCACC, Junior Achievement, Canadian Evaluation Society, to name but a few.

We monetarily support so many groups and non-charitable organizations such as the PEI Chapter of the Cancer Society, PEI Newcomers Association, MS Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl of Kid’s Sake, Humane Society, PEI Autism Society, the food bank, IWK, Catholic Family Services and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, along with community events such as the Charlotettown Islanders, UPEI Sports teams and events, fundraising golf tournaments, Charlottetown Wintertide, and many more. 

Our main fundraising focus for the past 14 months has been The Children’s Wish Foundation of PEI where we have, to date, proudly raised over $7,000. We collect beverage containers for recycling; play chase the ace, tax season bingo and 50/50; organized an e-auction of handcrafted items; challenged to eat raw oysters; donated proceeds from the overall sale of a product; internal competitions; and, made and sold smoothies as a healthy treat. Our overall goal is to grant a child a wish which means we have to raise $10,000 by September 2016, so you can see we are close, but we aren’t done yet.   

The entire team, both in Summerside and Charlottetown, believes in our environmental and social responsibility, not because we have to, but because we want to. And because it is a part of our corporate culture, we are supported and encouraged.   

 

 

2015 Personal Income Tax Checklist

 

As you prepare to look at your 2015 personal income tax, our tax team has created a checklist for you to consider when sending in your information. It is important to have complete and accurate information so we may prepare your return accurately and efficiently.

MRSB 2015 personal income tax checklist

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Ann Donahoe

 

Tax time questions – can I claim acupuncture and massage therapy as medical expenses?

Every year clients come to us with questions about claiming acupuncture and massage therapy as a medical expense. In a nutshell, if the service is not performed by a physician, then the service must have been performed by a medical practitioner who is a member of a provincially regulated professional association in the province where the service was performed.

For acupuncture on Prince Edward Island, that means:

  • A physiotherapist who is registered with the Prince Edward Island Association of Physiotherapy; or
  • A chiropractor who is registered with the Prince Edward Island Chiropractic Association

In either case, the practitioner must be approved by their association to perform acupuncture as a specialty in order to claim the receipt.

Massage therapy is not yet provincially regulated on Prince Edward Island and therefore cannot be claimed.

The list of provincially regulated medical practitioners for each province and territory is available on the CRA website

Have other similar questions that you’re not sure on? Call or email any member of our tax team for help on these or other tax related questions.

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